BLEED Reference Group Works
BLEED is driven by collaboration and has been powerfully enabled by the expertise of our Reference Group: Dan Koerner of Sandpit Digital, Joel Spring of Future Method, radio broadcaster Miyuki Jokiranta and multidisciplinary artist Akil Ahamat. From a range of backgrounds, these artists, producers and thought leaders have worked closely with the BLEED curatorial team and each artist project to bring new perspectives, tools and ways of working.
We’re delighted that the BLEED program incorporates their thinking and perspectives on the role of art in a digital existence. The Reference Group has contributed a series of works that are echo responses to the broader conversations they have been involved in with BLEED artists and the curatorial team.
Joel Spring is a Wiradjuri man raised between Redfern and Alice Springs. A Sydney-based architecture graduate, he is an interdisciplinary artist working between solo works and Future Method studio. Working across research, activism, architecture, and broadcasting, he currently focuses on the contested narratives of Sydney’s and Australia’s urban culture and Indigenous history in the face of ongoing colonisation. Joel has experience creating, producing, recording radio/podcasts and other sonic work.
Akil Ahamat is an arts worker and interdisciplinary artist working in sound, video and installation. Their work is driven by research into the phenomenon of ASMR and the translation of its sonic aesthetics into gallery and performance contexts. This work draws upon online experiences to consider the physical and social isolation that often governs the shaping of identity in a contemporary context.
Akil is also currently a Creative Producer at Campbelltown Arts Centre. They have extensive experience in the development, production and installation of audio visual works in both gallery and live contexts. In 2018 – 2019 they developed the Real Real performance series with Dr Jess Olivieri at Campbelltown Arts Centre, overseeing audio and video production processes and their implementation for live streaming on Facebook Live.
Miyuki Jokiranta makes creative radio documentaries and is an emerging radio artist. She presents the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) documentary program, Earshot, has produced for the BBC, a raft of ABC programs, and while living in the US for National Public Radio: Radiolab, Radio Rookies and Radio Diaries. Miyuki developed her love of radio arts while curating Soundproof and has created work for MONA FOMA, Radio Revolten and Megapolis festivals.
Dan Koerner is creative director and co-founder of Sandpit – a digital studio that creates interactive experiences connecting the digital and physical worlds. He has worked with Google’s Creative Lab, ACMI, Science Gallery, NGV and Melbourne Zoo to envisage artworks and visitor experiences across multiple physical and digital platforms. Dan has a background in interdisciplinary art and leads teams building innovation projects in the cultural sector and the built environment. His work combines industrial design, UX design, sound design, emerging technologies and dramaturgy to engage audiences in new ways. This year he is working closely with Google, Arts House + Campbelltown Arts Centre, AsiaTOPA, ACMI, the National Communications Museum and Country Arts SA to respond and adapt to the challenging circumstances 2020 has thrown up.